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Delivering happiness to seriously ill kids.

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  1. Virtual Reality

    $10 can provide 10 hours of virtual reality for a seriously ill kid.

    Give $10
  2. Gaming

    $15 can provide an hour of game play to 15 seriously ill kids.

  3. Hospital Wear

    $25 can provide a comfy and colorful gown for a seriously ill kid.

Every 30 seconds a child is diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. 

These kids are scared, lonely, and missing out on all of the things that make being a kid fun.  

That’s where Starlight comes in.  

We deliver happiness to seriously ill children and their families at more than 800 children’s hospitals and health care facilities in the US.  

Our state-of-the-art programs like Starlight Virtual Reality, Starlight Hospital Wear, and Starlight Gaming entertain, distract, and inspire hospitalized kids.  

Since 1982, Starlight has brought smiles to more than 16 million seriously ill children and their families. 

  1. :30
    How often a child is diagnosed with a serious illness or injury
  2. 800+
    The number of hospitals and health care facilities in our nationwide network
  3. 16 million
    How many smiles have been delivered since 1982
  4. $10
    The amount that can deliver happiness to 10 children

Be a shining light for seriously ill kids


Because happy kids heal faster

  1. Ways to Give Happiness This Holiday Season

    Right now, your donation will be DOUBLED with Niagara Cares matching support (up to a maximum of $50,000)! Learn about the different ways you can deliver happiness to your community.

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  2. Virtual Reality is Changing the Hospital Experience

    Lenovo collaborates with Starlight to show the power of virtual reality for hospitalized children. Patients exposed to VR as part of their therapy report lower ratings of pain.

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  3. How Starlight Gaming Saved My Life

    “Were it not for Starlight, I might not be writing this… Their game systems taught me that, even though I had a half-dozen tubes running in or out of me, I could still be a kid.” Read this first-hand account of how impactful Starlight gaming can be to a child.

    Read Scott's Story
  4. Jazz, Dancing and Good Times with Dave Koz and Friends

    Grammy-nominated saxophonist and Starlight ambassador, Dave Koz, donates Starlight Virtual Reality headsets to 100 children’s hospitals and continues to raise funds through his holiday tour. Watch as one little fan dances her heart out during a special hospital visit.

    Read about Dave Koz